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Cops, Officer's ladies club participate in community outreach program in Dinagat Islands

October 20, 2019

 Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 and its Officer's Ladies Club (OLC) headed by Madame Elvie Esquivel, the wife of PRO13 Director Brigadier General Joselito Esquivel Jr. took part in the activity held in Brgy. Carmen, Loreto town on October 17, 2019.  The outreach program was held in partnership with Provincial Board Members League of the Philippines, Surigao Optometric Society, Local Government Unit and Go Serbisyo-United Caraga.  More than 1,000 residents from Brgy Carmen and nearby communities received free basic services like acupuncture, medical and dental check up, tooth extraction, and giving of free medicines, umbrellas and slippers.  According to RD Esquivel Jr, more outreach programs have been lined to reach out the less fortunate families in the region and to foster stronger police-community ties.  The PRO13 OLC is comprised of wives of police commissioned officers in Caraga.

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PDP Laban founder & former senator Aquilino Pimentel, Jr passes away at 85

October 20, 2019

Cagayan de Oro's pride former senator Aquilino Pimentel, Jr died at the age of 85. The fightingest senator of Mindanao has fought many battles in his lifetime to defend the constitution, the people and the government during his early years in politics.  "Nene" as fondly called by closest friends and associates suffered from lymphoma before he died. Lymphoma, is a cancer that begins in infection-fighting cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes. These cells are in the lymph nodes, spleen, thymus, bone marrow, and other parts of the body. A report from the immediate family has it that before Pimental died, he was brought to the intensive care unit of one of the biggest and prestigious hospitals in Metro Manila. The family also told the media, Nene was already very ill and he was currently undergoing treatment. The senator was survived by his wife Bing and six children, including his son Aquilino Pimentel III, who also became Senate President for a short period of time. The late Pimentel founded the current majority party  PDP Laban in 1982, where President Rodrigo also made a coalition and won in the last elections for President. With Duterte's overwhelming support from the masses, PDP Laban became the ruling political party in the Philippines. It was then a regional political party in Mindanao. Duterte made it to become the leading political party in the history of Philippine politics.  

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Teacher who cheated death denies membership with ACT party list group

October 19, 2019

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon - An elementary school teacher who was a victim of shooting has strongly denied she has links with the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) party-list group, which could have caused the shooting incident inside her classroom on October 15.  In an interview, Zhydee said they were once invited by ACT to attend a forum in Valencia City in 2016 but they were not informed that their attendance would constitute membership with ACT. “That was the only occasion that I had a glimpse with the ACT group—and that was three years ago. Definitely, I am not an ACT member,” she said. The shooting Tuesday morning of a husband and wife teachers during classes by four gunmen at the Dalit Elementary School, Lumbayao, Valencia City was unprecedented here, observers said. Media reports said that Zhydee Cabañelez and husband Ramel were with her pupils in her classroom when the four men barged in at about eight o’clock in the morning and shot her. Ramil escaped unhurt. In the commotion that followed, the motorcycle-riding gunmen fled the scene. The blooded Zhydee with gunshot wounds believed to be that of a caliber .45 pistol, seriously injured her.  Zhydee was taken to a hospital in Valencia City by folks. She is recuperating at press time as Valencia City police chief Surki Sereñas provides her security at the hospital. Schools division superintendent of Valencia Dr. Victoria Gazo suspended the October 17 and 18 second periodical test slated in said school and conducted stress debriefing to pupils, parents, and teachers a day after the incident.   Gazo said the Department of Education (DepEd) Northern Mindanao gave P37,000 cash assistance, while DepEd central office allotted P100,000 financial aid. The local government of Valencia also committed to shoulder part of the hospital’s surgical bill. As this developed, media here have unconfirmed reports saying that the father of Zhydee was with the New People’s Army (NPA) years ago but turned himself to the government already.  The father's past connection with the rebels bolsters public suggestion that the said school shooting incident could have been done by the NPA. (RLRB, PIA Bukidnon)

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Filinvest, local community execs ink deal for quick access to financial benefits

October 18, 2019

OFFICIALS of FDC Misamis Power Corporation (FDC Misamis) and the Municipality of Villanueva in Misamis Oriental (MisOr) recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that will enable the town to have direct access to its financial benefits.   The MOA is for the establishment of trust accounts in compliance with the amended Energy Regulations 1-94 (ER 1-94) of the Department of Energy (DOE).   Through the DOE Department Circular (DC) 2018-08-0021, power generation companies can now transfer financial benefits directly to their respective host communities.   Under the ER 1-94, a policy stipulated in the DOE Act of 1992 and Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA), the community hosting the energy resource and/or energy generating facility is entitled to a revenue share of one-centavo per kilowatt-hour (P0.01/kWh) of the total electricity sales.   Of the one-centavo per kilowatt-hour, 50 percent will go to the Electrification Fund (EF), 25 percent for the Development and Livelihood Fund (DLF), and the remaining 25 percent for the Reforestation, Watershed Management, Health and/or Environment Enhancement Fund (RWMHEEF).    “We are very happy with this development because finally what is due to the LGUs under the EPIRA Law and the ER 1-94 will now be implemented immediately,” said FDC Misamis president and chief executive officer Juan Eugenio L. Roxas.   With the streamlined process, host communities can now utilize the fund in realizing development projects. “It is with great joy that I stand in front of you (today) that we’re finally signing the MOA for the opening of the trust fund,” said Villanueva Mayor Jennie Rosalie Uy.   Uy noted that the ER 1-94 fund is key to fast-track the progress of the municipality.   She also took the chance to recognized FDC Misamis for its constant support to the projects of the municipality.   “In every development that we have in the LGU, FDC Misamis is our partner, one of our most supportive partners,” Uy said.   Villanueva is among the seven host communities that will benefit from DLF and RWMHEEF.   The six others are the Municipality of Tagoloan, Barangays Sta. Ana, Tambobong and Balacanas as the affected barangays, Misamis Oriental as the host province and Northern Mindanao as the host region.     All of which will follow suit soon.  FDC Misamis is a subsidiary of FDC Utilities, Inc. and a member of the Filinvest Development Corporation. It is the owner and operator of a 3x135-MW circulating fluidized bed coal thermal plant situated within the PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate. It is one of Mindanao’s biggest baseload power plants and is among the cheapest source of reliable power in the region.    

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Mindanao quake: 5 dead, 89 injured

October 18, 2019

THE National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Friday said the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that jolted Tulunan, North Cotabato and several areas in Mindanao killed 5 and injured 89 others. In an update signed and released by NDRRMC executive director Ricardo Jalad said three of the deaths are from Magsaysay town, Davao Del Sur, while M'lang, Cotabato and Datu Paglas, Maguindanao, had one each. Meanwhile, 89 were reported injured in Davao Region, Soccsksargen and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). Also, 144 infrastructures were reported damaged in Region 11, 12, and the BARMM. A total of 613 families or 3,068 persons were affected by the earthquake in Region 11 and 12. "Affected families in Region XII (12) were evacuated after the earthquake. Said families returned to their homes on 17 October 2019. 8 a.m. meanwhile, affected families in Region XI (11) are staying with their relatives and/ or friends," the agency added. (PNA)

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UN-Habitat, SHFC break ground for permanent housing of residents living in Marawi's ‘no build zone’

October 18, 2019

MARAWI City--To mark the second year of commemorating the liberation of Marawi from the influence of terrorist, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) broke ground in Barangay West Dulay here for the construction of more than 100 permanent housing units for the families from the two barangays who will be evicted from their present places. One hundred nine families of Agus Malangas and Saduc Riverside Homeowners Association in Barangays Saduc Proper, Raya Saduc, South Madaya and Daguduban are set to leave their present area because the local government is implementing the law declaring six-meter easement along the Agus River “no build zone.” The UN-Habitat has committed to build 1,500 permanent housing units in Marawi through the 500-million pesos funding of the Japan government which was signed into an agreement by President Rodrigo Duterte and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the sidelines of ASEAN Summit last year. Aside from the families living within the three to six-meter easement along Agus River, the families living within the 20-meter reclaimed area infront of Lake Lanao were also identified as beneficiaries of the project. In West Dulay, UN-Habitat partnered with SHFC which purchased the 1.8 hectare land, one of the two properties acquired by SHFC in January, this year, to jump-start the “Rebuilding Marawi City through Community-driven Shelter and Livelihood Support” initiative. In January, SHFC held a groundbreaking ceremony in Barangay Dulay Proper for the construction of 800 permanent housing units for the families from the most affected area (MAA). SHFC President Atty. Arnolfo Cabling said it took them long to start the project because of the challenges they met such as the purchase of land. “Lot acquisition has been our problem because we have problem with respect to lot ownership, titles and many others," said Cabling. Earlier last week, a groundbreaking ceremony was also held in Barangay Kilala, a site acquired by the National Housing Authority (NHA), for the construction of 500 permanent housing units for the families living in ‘no build zones’ inside the MAA. The NHA is still looking for other site in Marawi for the rest of permanent housing units to complete the 1,900 units for the families living in "no build zone."

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